Monday, February 13, 2012

Rock and Roll, Norman Rockwell Style

I don’t often use the blog to showcase artwork, but every so often a unique case pops up that makes it hard to resist. This Norman Rockwell-inspired Valentine's fan art, aptly titled "Rock N Roll Valentine", is just charming.

Drawn by the ever talented Bryan Lee, it's an innocent homage to the Light siblings, leisurely embracing a moment of peace and quiet before Wily runs amok for the umpteenth time. The malt shop setting is really the icing on the cake.

Classic Rock and Roll's relationship is often misconstrued, but I like to think this piece does a fine job of keeping things ambiguous. As they say, great works of art can be interpreted in numerous ways.

More equally amazing art can be found at Bryan's official blog.

25 comments:

  1. Cool drawing but I feel funny that they are dating ? I hope not because they are sister and brother.

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    1. technically they are not related as they were created but not conceived

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  2. The Oblivious PrattlerFebruary 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I like it, but it does feel a little too much to me like they're on a date. But Battle Network Rock and Roll would clash with this art style, so what else can you do?

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  3. Nice, but... that nose. XD

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  4. They are siblings, for chuck testa sake!!

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    1. Actually, they arent biologically related, just happen to have same creator so no problem there, it makes no sense to consider them siblings when they have same creator, or are you saying that astroboyxuran would be an acceptable pairing just because they have different creator?

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  5. I love it!

    Though, I honestly don't know how "misconstrued" things can get, Protodude. Capcom themselves have played around with Rock and Roll's relationship. It's all still ambiguous, but not even Capcom or Inafune could make up their minds XP

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    1. If we play megaman powered up with Roll is revealed that she really likes megaman, copy Roll insinuates this and Roll confirms it with a quote she does while using her valentine custome; plus, there are also pics on the megaman official compelte works that show roll getting jealous everytime another girl is near megaman and japanese mangas like rockman 8 or rockman and forte clearly show roll having a cruh on megamana and giving him a honmei-choco(giri arent expensive and usually come in bags) and even an escene both together as a couple

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  6. @kotiplex:

    Various official manga tease that it's more than that. Some of the gag comics even have Rock with a bloody nose at the sight of a lustrous Roll.

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  7. There's OFFICIAL (Classic) manga?
    (Aside from the small snippets included in the Rockman 9/10 Arranged Soundtracks.)

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    1. Well, rockman 8 and rockman and forte are official japanese mangas licensed by Capcom were we see obvious crush from roll to megaman, you may download them at rockman tanjou, you can also see at official capcom artwork in "Megaman official complete works" obvious jeaolusy from roll to any other girl who approaches megaman too much

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  8. @kotiplex:

    What Anonymous said plus the fact not everyone is not a big Mega Man fan.

    There are two other versions of Mega Man & Roll that are super close so its easy to see why they'd confuse them.

    Classic Roll in Mega Man Powered Up is implied to have a crush on Mega Man.

    So please don't start this...

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  9. "What Anonymous said plus the fact not everyone is a big Mega Man fan."
    >_<

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  10. Roll looks pretty cute, but Rock seems a bit weird in this style

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  11. Nice art. Too bad Rockwell wasn't around to do it proper.

    I'm pretty sure robots aren't held to the same rules as humans. No blood relations and all.
    -ud

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  12. Rush is adorable here. <3

    @anon that said "There's OFFICIAL (Classic) manga?"

    Many:
    http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Manga

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  13. The MegaMan manga and comics are as "official" as the Street Fighter movies and comics - they're not. They're not canon, they didn't happen in the real storylines. Capcom simply lends the license to companies, so they can legally sell content based on them, but the content itself is basically fan fiction. On that basis, there's no official MM manga.

    Ariga's Megamix itself began as a completely unlicensed doujin (fan-created manga, common in Japan). There's no way it could be official canon if it wasn't even authorized by Capcom. It's entirely fanwork by origin.

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    1. that true, although its curious to note that in many official artworks directky from people of capcom we see Roll depicting a very possible crush on megaman, like in the megaman official complete works where Roll gets angry and jeaolus at kalinka or morrigan for beign to close with megaman or giving him a kiss, or that artwork where megaman is drawing roll using his painting abilities, or even the remake of the first game where roll confirms that she really likes megaman(powered up, copy roll and the valentine custome confirm it)

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    2. Do you know about Roll´s theme also called kazeyo in japanese?
      its a love song that kind of teases that is Roll singing for Rock in its translation
      http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Kaze_yo_Tsutaete

      but hey, even if you miss to notice the characteristics of the guy Roll is talking about, there are still games like Rockman 6 from Rockman Complete Works for the psone that reveal it once you beat the game after the credits
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAk_hIZIzP8

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  14. @Dhylec & prior @anonymous (9:56am)
    That's what I thought.
    Officially licensed doesn't mean official canon-wise.

    Was Iwamoto's X series scrapped because Capcom didn't like the way it was heading? (X4 ending abruptly before Sigma confrontation)

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  15. @Dhylec: official ≠ canon

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  16. The entire concept is hilariously surreal. We are presented with an image of two robots drinking fuel while a robot dog watches at their feet, and our first reaction is revulsion at the fact that we know the two as siblings. What does brotherhood mean for an artificial being, anyway? Is it an attribute bestowed upon them by their creator's choice, or is it an ipso facto requirement of being made by the same creator?

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  17. You may not be aware of this, but they are robots. They share no DNA. They are not alive. They were both created at the same time by the same scientist. For that reason, Megaman an Roll are called sibblings in the west. However the idea that they should be called sibblings is NOT canon. In the original Rockman from Japan, they are not called sibblings. It is entirely possible, and not inappropriate at all, one of them has a crush on the other (that is assuming robots can actually be programmed to feel emotions, something that is clearly shown to not be possible in Star Trek:TNG as the android Data is incapable of experiencing emotions).

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  18. Well, this isnt the only example, in the Rockman Official Compete Works we see cases where Roll gets angry and jeaolus anytime another girl gets to close to megaman, in megaman powered up is confirmed by both copy Roll and Roll´s quote, with the valentine custome, that she really likes megaman and in mangas like rockman 8 or rockman and forte(at rockman tanjou) Roll buys a valenine gift for megaman(in japan valentine isnt the same, there is the giri-choco and the honmei-choco and f you see the manga its clearly a Honmeei choco which means true romantic love) and in rockman and forte both megaman and roll hold each others hand while a sunset in form of a heart starts to descend

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